The Weekly Newsletter for St. Johnsbury School Families
January 19, 2024
A Note From the Principals
Dear St. Johnsbury School Families,
This was the first week of Winter Activities for students in grades 2-8. Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities around our community including bowling, swimming, rock climbing, gymnastics, ice skating and skiing and snowboarding at Burke Mountain. Based on the many smiles and the feedback that we've heard from teachers, these were exciting activities for our students! We are so lucky to be able to partner with Burke Mountain, Fenton Chester, Gold Crown Lanes, Kingdom Gymnastics and Evergreen Sports Center to provide these opportunities for our students. A big thank you to Heather Mulligan, our Outdoor Education Facilitator for her tireless efforts to pull together these winter activities and to all of our educators for their support in making this program a success. Winter activities will continue for the next few weeks. If you have questions or need more information, please reach out to your child's teacher.
Teachers are working on completing report cards for the 2nd quarter. They will be mailed home the week of January 29th. Please be watching for your child's report card that week.
Have a great weekend!
Jeremy Ross and Lydia Cochrane
The Latest from the Catamounts' Speech and Debate Club
It was another great outing for the St. Johnsbury Middle School Speech and Debate team on Friday, January 12, 2024 as the Catamounts competed at South Burlington High School. Organized through the school's CATCH program, the team consists of 5th - 8th graders and has been the only Vermont team to participate in each of the events during its inaugural year -starting with the first scrimmage in November and taking them through the State competition on February 10, 2024.
Here is how the team ranked:
Maddie Lavely: 1st in Original Oratory, 5th in Impromptu
Avery Duff: 2nd in Poetry, 3rd in Original Oratory
Leam Langmaid and Andrew Quintin: 6th in Debate
Elsie Kidder: 5th in Original Oratory, 4th in Debate with Serenity Speaks
Noah DeMasi: 8th in Impromptu
Cyrus Kidder: 4th in Poetry
Serenity Speaks: 4th in Debate with Elsie Kidder
Rosie Dunlavey: 3rd in Poetry
At the Catamounts' previous outing in December at CVU High School, the Team achieved some stellar results as well:
Avery Duff placed 1st in Original Oratory;
Maddie Lavely placed 2nd in Original Oratory and 2nd in Impromptu;
Ace Bonenfant captured 2nd in Poetry;
Serenity Speaks and Leam Langmaid took 4th place in debate.
1st row L-R: Avery Duff, Maddie Lavely, Noah DeMasi, Elsie Kidder.
2nd row L- R: Cyrus Kidder, Serenity Speaks, Leam Langmaid, Andrew Quintin, Coach Mrs. Fallon
Missing from Photo: Ace Bonenfant
Coats Delivered to Catamount Students Through a Collaborative Community Effort
It truly takes a village! On Wednesday, January 17th, the St. Johnsbury School was part of a collaborative effort with Saint J Subaru and Kingdom Community Services, receiving 108 new winter coats for our PK-8 students in need. Working with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering warmth, confidence, and hope among underserved children, the coats will be distributed by School Counselors as needed. This program runs hand in hand with the Catamount Coop which allows students experiencing food insecurity an opportunity to select and bring home essential food items.
If you know of a St. Johnsbury School student in need of a new winter coat or who is experiencing food insecurity, please contact the School Counselors at 802-748-8912.
For more about this collaborative project, click on any of the photos below and check out “Operation Warm” under “Helpful Links.”
Our Personal Best
Vermont Math Fair
The Vermont Math Fair will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the University of Vermont. The St. Johnsbury School Catamounts currently have a team of 14 5th – 8th grade students who will compete by presenting their Math Projects. Friday, January 19th is the last day to register your K-12th Grader. Please reach out to Mrs. Fallon for more information or go to the Vermont Math Fair website. About half of the team stayed after school yesterday working on their projects and I was in AWE the entire time. The deep conversations the students were having about Mathematics was mind boggling. It was like they were speaking a different language. They were speaking the language of Mathematics with theorems and formulas of the future. The St. Johnsbury School Mathletes are looking forward to competing at their first Vermont Math Fair, so stay tuned for an update coming soon!
Upcoming Opportunities for Middle School Students
Curricular (See Below)
Spelling Bee: We will once again be participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee for all students in grades 1 - 8. Scripps Spelling Bee
Speech and Debate Team: The Vermont Principals’ Association will be implementing a system for Middle School students to participate in Speech and Debate competitions this year! Here is a list of Speech categories for competing students in grades 5 - 8. Speech Categories. Attached is a tentative schedule for the Speech and Debate season. Schedule. If you missed the CATCH registration deadline, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermont History Day: VT History Day
VCTM MATH Fair: Vermont Math Fair
Vermont State STEM Fair: VT STEM Fair
Bridge Building Competition at Lyndon Institute: Bridges due on Friday, March 22 between noon and 5:00PM. The competition will be on Saturday, March 23, 2024.
Vermont State Middle School Chess Tournament: TBD usually mid-April. Vermont State Chess
Help Support Everybody Wins!
Did you know that the St. Johnsbury School is proud to be one of 20 schools in Vermont that is a part of Everybody Wins!? This program pairs adult mentors to read with students for one hour over lunch each week. The "Power Lunch" program sets children up to love reading and succeed in life. It supports local schools and communities by connecting community members to their schools.
This month, for National Mentoring Month, Everybody Wins! is raffling off a beautiful quilt to support the program at the St. Johnsbury School and around the state. Tickets are $5/each or $20/5 tickets, and are available at this link: http://bit.ly/23quiltraffle. Support children and reading and take a chance on a bright cozy quilt!
St. Johnsbury School recognized as a "Rockstar School"
On Friday, January 12th, St. Johnsbury School’s PATH (Planned Action Toward Health) Program was recognized by the VT Education Health Initiative (VEHI) as a “PATH Rockstar School.” What is a “PATH Rockstar School?” They are schools who are recognized for the many people who make Vermont schools and school systems thrive. The St. Johnsbury PATH program has done this by promoting wellness through activities before and after school hours in which our teachers and staff can participate.
A huge shoutout to Building Leaders, Nancy Brochu and Danielle Limoges, and to PATH Champion Patrick Campbell for leading our teachers and staff on the road to wellness so our students get the support and education they deserve!